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The NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme funds health, public health and social care research covering a wide range of health service challenges.
The aim of the programme is to fund topics and research methodologies that increase the effectiveness of NHS services, provide value for money and benefit patients.
Inspired by patients and practice, this research programme generates evidence to improve, expand and strengthen the way that healthcare is delivered, to benefit patients, the public and the NHS.
The Research for Patient Benefit Programme supports research that is concerned with the day-to-day practice of health service staff. Research proposals should have a clear trajectory towards benefiting the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS.
The programme is researcher-led and does not specify topics for research.
The funding available for individual projects is up to £350,000 for up to 36 months. Feasibility studies are expected to cost less than £250,000, and proposals that will generate results that might be useful for more downstream investigations are expected to cost less than £150,000. For more information, please see our supplemental guidance notes on funding limits, finance, tier 3 funding and applying for feasibility studies.
RfPB has three funding opportunities a year. See the dates for our funding competitions.
Research proposals are submitted to RfPB online through the Research Management System. We supply template application forms for stage 1 and stage 2 to help researchers prepare their proposal ahead of submission.
The Research for Patient Benefit programme will support:
The RfPB programme will not support:
The selection criteria used by our funding committees include:
Research for Patient Benefit is a national programme that funds research on a regional level through eight Regional Advisory Committees. Each region has a local committee chair and members, and patient or public members.
Committee members review all stage 1 and stage 2 applications and make funding recommendations based on the quality of applications, with support from expert peer reviewers.
The committees recommend projects for funding to the Department of Health and Social Care, which approves which projects should be funded.
Members of RfPB committees are required to declare any interests which conflict, or may be considered to conflict, with RfPB programme business, or may be perceived as influencing decisions made in the course of their work within the RfPB programme. All members are asked to complete the Register of Interest form (annually), which is intended to capture long term predictable interests that could be perceived to lead to conflicts of interest. These and other interests are judged on a case by case basis at individual meetings.
Professor Sue Ziebland is Director of the Research for Patient Benefit Programme.
Professor Tom Solomon is Chair of the North West Regional Advisory Committee.
Professor Justin Durham is Chair of the Yorkshire and North East Regional Advisory Committee.
Professor Nadine Foster is Chair of the West Midlands Regional Advisory Committee.
Professor Neil Coulson is Chair of the East Midlands Regional Advisory Committee.
Dr Stephen Barclay is Chair of the East of England Regional Advisory Committee.
Professor Brian Davidson is Chair of the London Regional Advisory Committee.
Professor Carrie Llewellyn is Chair of the South East and Central Regional Advisory Committee.
Siobhan Creanor is Chair of the South West Regional Advisory Committee.
We offer a wide variety of assistance during all stages of the research process. If in doubt, please get in touch.
Tel: 020 8843 8057
Our operating hours are 9am to 5pm.
Mr Ben Morgan
Dr Jennie Hejdenberg
Dr Ianina Conte
Dr Samantha Gan
Ms Elizabeth Pocklington
East of England
Mr Simon Goodwin
Dr Samantha Gan
South East and Central
Dr Laura Tornatore
Mrs Nishita Nair
Dr Kasia Kuleszewicz
Yorkshire and the North East
Mrs Emily Allen
Mr Simon Goodwin
NIHR Central Commissioning Facility
15 Church Street
Twickenham TW1 3NL
Do you need help getting started? Contact the Research Design Service.
Do you need assistance running your study in the NHS? Contact the Study Support Service.
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Members of the South West Regional Advisory Committee for the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme.
Application success rates for RfPB programme - 2010-2017
Members of the London Regional Advisory Committee for the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme.
Members of the South East and Central Regional Advisory Committee for the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme.
Members of the East of England Regional Advisory Committee for the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme.